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Lactation services

At Mercyhealth, we want every mother to be confident in breastfeeding. Our certified lactation consultants are here to help you and your baby every step of the way.

In addition to breastfeeding education, our lactation consultants can address common breastfeeding concerns, such as:

  • Low milk supply
  • Difficulty latching onto the nipple
  • Sore or cracked nipples
  • Poor weight gain
  • Returning to work while breastfeeding

Lactation consultations and classes

Free, private breastfeeding consultations are available after your baby is born. You’ll receive personalized counseling and education. At this appointment the lactation consultant will take your history, weigh your baby, observe a breastfeeding session, assess any problems, provide support, and discuss a feeding plan individualized for you and your family.

Prenatal consultations are also available.

We serve all moms regardless of where you delivered your baby.

Check out our online breastfeeding class.

Breastfeeding support group

Mercyhealth’s breastfeeding support group meets every Wednesday, 10-11 am, on the fourth floor of Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside in Rockford. You can connect with other breastfeeding moms and babies, share your concerns and encouragement, and exchange practical information. Lactation consultants are available to answer your questions. Baby scales are also available to track your baby’s weight.

Meetings that fall on a holiday will be canceled. Please check the Mercyhealth Rockford Region Facebook page for any unforeseen cancelations.

Milk Depot

Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside is a human milk depot for the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. If you’re interested in donating breast milk, call 815.971.5020 for more information.